The Burning Wire, Hardback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


New York is being held to ransom. Manhattan's electricity grid has been the victim of a horrific attack ...and more are planned.

While the FBI and Homeland Security try to determine who's behind the carnage, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs race to decode the forensics in order to prevent the next assault. But all is not what it seems. Electricity can be as lethal as it is vital, and Lincoln Rhyme soon finds he's up against a merciless killer with a unique weapon - one that can be found in everyone's home and office. And in the meantime, one of the few criminals to have ever slipped Rhyme's net is under surveillance in Mexico.

The deadly assassin known as the Watchmaker has set his murderous sights on innocent victims, whose identity is as yet unknown ...Lincoln Rhyme must race against the clock, juggling the two investigations, as they hurtle headlong toward their deadly outcomes.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340937280



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Murder by electricity substation…<i>obviously</i>, this is a case for paraplegic forensic consultant Lincoln Rhyme.Jeffery Deaver continues to write tight, well-paced crime novels within each of which we are treated to a twisty ride through the author’s latest research project. It’s a wonderfully sustainable formula, keeping me coming back to Deaver’s novels when other crime writers might lose me at book five or six. I have to admit, I preferred Deaver’s writing in <i>A Maiden’s Grave</i> and his earlier Lincoln Rhyme novels, (<i>The Bone Collector</i> era) because it was less pared to down to accommodate the plot advancements, and he seemed to work harder at atmosphere, but the groove that he’s fallen into is an entertaining and intriguing one. I like that the author is still giving Rhyme and Sachs some character sketching, even growth, this far in, and using his peripheral characters well, too, giving them lots of depth.That said, the ending to <i>The Burning Wire</i> was so projected that the reader is left slightly less impressed with the perp’s astonishing skills than we might otherwise have been; particularly given the character in question: we’ve been waiting for this particular wrap-up for a while, and in the end it was the other things going on in the plot that propped it up and kept it from being a bust (which it was. But not in that way. Grah, word-choice). For an author who has a well-deserved reputation for playing the <i>plot-twist</i> like an instrument, both the identity of the bad guy and method of collar were something of a let-down here.

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We’ve come a long way from the days of Agatha Christie or even Raymond Chandler: detectives no longer examine cigarette butts and wisps of fabric with a magnifying glass, its all DNA and UNSUB and a glossary of acronyms and abbreviations and scientific explanations that leave me somewhat perplexed, somewhat bored, but never intrigued. This time quadriplegic forensic consultant Lincoln Rhyme is investigating murder by electricity substation, involving rather too much technical detail for my liking. Never mind, series baddie The Watchmaker is back and Rhyme’s coterie need to be in top form while combating this most devilish of adversaries. A pleasantly paranoid pot-boiler.

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This is one of the Lincoln Rhyme novels. Rhyme is a forensic expert but is a paraplegic. He manages to solve crimes with his girlfriend an Police officer Amelia Sachs. Someone is using electricity to kill innocent people. Its a race against time to find the culprit. There are a few twist and turns and sub plots. They manage to save the day. OK book very far fetched and boring in places though.

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